[GSDI Technical] Free and Open Source GIS: Will there ever be a Geo-Linux?
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Free and Open Source GIS: Will there ever be a Geo-Linux?
In: Erwan Bocher (ed), Proceedings of Open Source Geospatial Research Conference
(OGRS 2009). Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography (2010). Berlin,
Abstract. This paper examines the constraints that limit the large-scale
of open source GIS. Although the open source GIS community has already
achieved relevant results, their products have a small market share. There is
equivalent to Linux and Apache in the open source GIS scene. We try to explain
why this happens, by considering some factors that control the evolution and
adoption of open source software. The authors' view is that the community effort
in many different systems, not allowing a dominant solution to come forth. Thus,
none of the current open source GIS has the potential to be a disruptive
Then, the authors consider a future scenario where most public geospatial data
available as open access policy. This scenario is becoming more probable given
recent data policy decision in Europe, USA and other countries. In this
there is a major chance for a disruptive open source GIS to appear.
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